Meet the Author:
Matt Palmer,  New York City

Cities are ecosystems of people, nature, and infrastructure
Search by Author
Select Author
Search by Month
Search by Tag
Search by Category
  • Aakriti Grover
  • Abigail York
  • Adrian Benepe
  • Adrina Bardekjian
  • Alberto Tacón
  • Alexandre Guertin
  • Alexandros Gasparatos
  • Alex Russ
  • Alice Hertzog-Fraser
  • Alisa Zomer
  • Alison Benjamin
  • Aliyu Barau
  • Allison Bernett
  • Allison Palenske
  • Álvaro González Reyes
  • Amosh Neupane
  • Amy Chomowicz
  • Amy Cutter-Mackenzie
  • Amy Hahs
  • Ana Faggi
  • Andréa Albuquerque G. Redondo
  • André Gonçalves
  • Andre Mader
  • Andre Ortega
  • Andrés Flajszer
  • Andrew Clements
  • Andrew Grant
  • Andrew Rudd
  • Angela Glover Blackwell
  • Angela Loder
  • Anjali Mahendra
  • Anna Backstrom
  • Anna Bubnova
  • Anna Dietzsch
  • Anne Trumble
  • Antoine Faye
  • Arjen Wals
  • Barbara Deutsch
  • Ben Feldmann
  • Ben Hecht
  • Ben Bradlow
  • Benjamin Swett
  • Betsy Hodges
  • Bill Toomey
  • Bill Sherwonit
  • Bob Sallinger
  • Bolanle Wahab
  • Bongani Mnisi
  • Boyi Zhou
  • Bradley Rink
  • Bram Gunther
  • Briana Liu
  • Brian McGrath
  • Bryce Dubois
  • Buyana Kareem
  • Camilo Ordoñez
  • Candice Russell
  • Caragh Threlfall
  • Carla Gonçalves
  • Carla Sutherland
  • Caroline Robinson
  • Catherine Sutherland
  • Cecilia Herzog
  • Cezar Busatto
  • Chan-Won Lee
  • Joana Chan & Bryce DuBois
  • Chankook Kim
  • Chantal van Ham
  • Charlie Nilon
  • Chew-Hung Chang
  • Chris Garvin
  • Chris Hensley
  • Chris Ives
  • Chris Jordan
  • Chris Starkey
  • Christine Thuring
  • Chris Payne
  • Christopher Sellers
  • Claire Robinson
  • Claire Weisz
  • Claudia Misteli Fajardo
  • Claudia Zuleyka Vidal
  • Colin Meurk
  • Collins Adjei Mensah
  • Damon Hall
  • Daniel Feinberg
  • Dan Lewis
  • Daniel Zarrilli
  • Darnell Moore
  • Darlene Wolnik
  • David Brooks
  • David Burg
  • David Dixon
  • David Goode
  • David Greenwood
  • David Maddox
  • David Simon
  • Deborah Lev
  • Denise Ford
  • Denise Mouga
  • Derek Nichols
  • Diana Wiesner
  • Diane Pataki
  • Diego Borrero
  • Divya Gopal
  • Doreen Adengo
  • Dusty Gedge
  • Edna Peres
  • Eduardo Brondizio
  • E. J. McAdams
  • Elisabeth Peyroux
  • Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
  • Elliott Maltby
  • Emilio Fantin
  • Emily Wier
  • Eric Sanderson
  • Erika Svendsen
  • Erle Ellis
  • Fadi Hamdan
  • Fengping Yang
  • Finzi Saidi
  • Fonna Forman
  • Francis Vorhies
  • Francois Mancebo
  • Franco Montalto
  • Fran Ilich
  • Frida Larios
  • Ganzeer
  • Gareth Haysom
  • Gary Grant
  • Gavin Van Horn
  • David Maddox
  • Genie Birch
  • Geoffrey Davison
  • George Kinyashi
  • Georgina Avlonitis
  • Germán Gomez
  • Germán Gomez Eslava
  • Glen Hyman
  • Glenn Phillips
  • Glenn Stewart
  • Gloria Aponte
  • Harini Nagendra
  • Haripriya Gundimeda
  • Hayley Leck
  • Heather McMillen
  • Henk Ovink
  • Henrik von Wehrden
  • Henrik Waldenström
  • Henrique Mercer
  • Henry Booth
  • Herbert Dreiseitl
  • Hilary Inwood
  • Hita Unnikrishnan
  • Huda Shaka
  • Ian MacGregor-Fors
  • Illène Pevec
  • Ingo Kowarik
  • Irene Guida
  • Isabelle Anguelovski
  • Jack Maher
  • Jack Travis
  • Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte
  • James Steenberg
  • Janet Dyment
  • Janice Astbury
  • Jaroslav Mysiak
  • Jason Schupbach
  • Jayne Engle
  • Jay Valgora
  • Jenga Mwendo
  • Jennifer Adams
  • Jennifer Baljko
  • Jimena Martignoni
  • Jim Labbe
  • Joe Heimlich
  • Joe Lobko
  • Johan Enqvist
  • John Hartig
  • John Kostyack
  • John Marzluff
  • Jonathan Craik
  • Jonathan Stenvall
  • Jonce Walker
  • Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira
  • Josh Lewis
  • Joshua Burch
  • Juana Mariño
  • Juan Carlos Arroyo
  • Judy Li
  • Jürgen Breuste
  • Julian Goh
  • Julie Bargmann
  • Julie Goodness
  • Julie Santos
  • Kaitlin Lovell
  • Karen Freeman-Wilson
  • Karen Seto
  • Karla Dakin
  • Karolina Łukasiewicz
  • Kate Pallett
  • Kate Scherer
  • Katharine Burgess
  • Katherine Baldock
  • Kathleen Wolf
  • Kathryn Campbell
  • Kathryn Lwin
  • Katie Holzer
  • Katrine Claassens
  • Kaveh Samiei
  • Keijiro Suzuki
  • Keitaro Ito
  • Keith Bowers
  • Keith Tidball
  • Kelly Brenner
  • Kenneth Taylor
  • Ken Smith
  • Keren Bolter
  • Kerry Ross
  • Kevin Sloan
  • Kevin Songer
  • Kimberly Snyder
  • Kitty Connolly
  • Koko Warner
  • Kumara Ward
  • Lance Gunderson
  • Laura Booth
  • Laura Mumaw
  • Laura Shillington
  • Laura Spinadel
  • Lausanne Olvitt
  • Lena Chan
  • Leonie Fischer
  • Lesley Lokko
  • Leslie Vorraber
  • Liana Jansen
  • Hui Ling Lim
  • Linda Goh
  • Linda Shi
  • Lindsay Campbell
  • Lisa Gansky
  • Lisa Terreni
  • Lloyd Godman
  • Lorena Pasquini
  • Lorena Zárate
  • Lorenza Perelli
  • Lorenzo Chelleri
  • Louise Chawla
  • Louise Lezy-Bruno
  • Luciana Nery
  • Luis Sandoval
  • Luke Drake
  • Luke Engleback
  • Lynn Wilson
  • Madhumitha Jaganmohan
  • Madhusudan Katti
  • Mahim Maher
  • Manuela Gervasi
  • Mapula Priscilla Masilela
  • Mara Gittleman
  • Marcelo Lopes de Souza
  • Marcus Hedblom
  • Maria E Ignatieva
  • Marianne Krasny
  • Maria Tengö
  • Marielle Anzelone
  • Marina Alberti
  • Mariona Espinet
  • Marit Larson
  • Mark Davis
  • Mark Goddard
  • Mark Hostetler
  • Mark McDonnell
  • Mark Norman
  • Mark Simmons
  • Marna Hauk
  • Mårten Wallberg
  • Martha Fajardo
  • Marthe Derkzen
  • Martin Maldonado
  • Maruxa Cardama
  • Maryam Akbarian
  • Mary Mattingly
  • Mary Miss
  • Mary Rowe
  • Mary Wyatt
  • Mateo Hernández
  • Mathieu Hélie
  • Matthew Kaplan
  • Matt Palmer
  • Matt Shardlow
  • Maxime Zucca
  • Menno Welling
  • Meredith Dobbie
  • Michael Berkshire
  • Michael Jemtrud
  • Michael Mehaffy
  • Michelle Johnson
  • Mickey Fearn
  • Miguel Luna
  • Mike Feller
  • Mike Houck
  • Mike Wells
  • Mike Wetter
  • Mina Fallahzadegan
  • Mindy Thompson Fullilove
  • Miranda Gardiner
  • Mirna Goransky
  • Mitchell Chester
  • Mitchell Thomashow
  • Monica Luengo
  • Monika Lawrence
  • Mutizwa Mukute
  • Myla Aronson
  • Naomi Tsur
  • Nate Gabriel
  • Nathalie Baumann
  • Na Xiu
  • Nette Compton
  • Nik Luka
  • Nina-Marie Lister
  • Noboru Kawashima
  • Noel Hefele
  • Norbert Mueller
  • Novem Auyeung
  • Oliver Hillel
  • Olivia Aguilar
  • Olumuyiwa Adegun
  • Osvaldo Moreno
  • Pakamas Thinphanga
  • Patrice Milillo
  • Patricia Holly
  • Patrick Lydon
  • Paula Villagra
  • Paul Downton
  • Pauline Bullen
  • Paul White
  • Pedro Camarena
  • Pepe Marcos-Iga
  • Per Berg
  • Peter Werner
  • Peter Head
  • Philip Silva
  • Pierre-André Martin
  • Pippin Anderson
  • PK Das
  • Polly Knowlton Cockett
  • Rachel Holmes
  • Rachna Leveque
  • Radhika Khosla
  • Raul Pacheco-Vega
  • Rebecca Bratspies
  • Rebecca Salminen Witt
  • Renae Reynolds
  • Richard Friend
  • Richard Murray
  • Richard Scott
  • Robert Morris-Nunn
  • Robin Lasser
  • Rob McInnes
  • Rob Pirani
  • Rob Tinch
  • Roland Lewis
  • Ruishan Chen
  • Russell Galt
  • Sadia Butt
  • Saleh Ahmed
  • Samantha Lai
  • Sam Gochman
  • Sam Holleran
  • Sarah Bergmann
  • Sarah Bradley
  • Sarah Charlop-Powers
  • Scott MacIvor
  • Scot Spencer
  • Sebastian Miguel
  • Shawn Van Sluys
  • Sheila Foster
  • Shih-Tsen Nike Liu
  • Shuaib Lwasa
  • Sidd Joag
  • Soul Shava
  • Stephan Barthel
  • Stephanie Britton
  • Stephanie Pincetl
  • Stephanie Radok
  • Steve Brown
  • Steven Handel
  • Steve Whitney
  • Stuart Gaffin
  • Sumetee Gajjar
  • Susannah Drake
  • Taida Garibovic
  • Tania Schusler
  • Taylor Britt
  • Teddy Cruz
  • Ted Trzyna
  • Theaster Gates
  • Thomas Elmqvist
  • Tim Beatley
  • Tim Collins
  • Timon McPhearson
  • Tina Harrison
  • Tischa Muñoz-Erickson
  • Toby Query
  • Todd Lester
  • Tom Henfrey
  • Toni Griffin
  • Toni Pujol
  • Tori Kjer
  • Traci Sooter
  • Tracy-Ann Hyman
  • Uchendu Chigbu
  • Ulrike Grau
  • Victor Beumer
  • Victoria Derr
  • Victoria Marshall
  • Paula Villagra & Carmen Silva
  • Vin Cipolla
  • Viviana Figueroa
  • Shubhalaxmi Vaylure
  • Whitney Hopkins
  • Will Allen
  • William Dunbar
  • Wolfgang Ansel
  • Pengfei Xie
  • Yolanda van Heezik
  • Yu Huang
  • Yunus Arikan
  • Yvonne Lynch
  • Matt Palmer

    Matt Palmer

    Matt Palmer is a senior lecturer in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. His research interests are primarily in plant community ecology, with emphases on conservation, restoration and ecosystem function. His current research projects include the community dynamics and ecosystem functions of urban forests, wetlands and green infrastructure, the population biology of rare plants, and the engagement of urban youth in environmental monitoring and research. Matt also teaches classes, often with extensive field and natural history components, on topics related to ecology, conservation, and organismal biology.

    November 5, 2015

    More_Angkor_Trees_(1503334934)
    Green Form and Function versus Green Nativism: In changing urban spaces full of novel ecosystems and natural assemblages, is native purity a viable option?
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
    Erle Ellis, Baltimore
    Leonie Fischer, Berlin
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Madhusudan Katti, Fresno
    Ingo Kowarik, Berlin
    Mark McDonnell, Melbourne
    Colin Meurk, Lincoln, NZ
    Matt Palmer, New York City
    Bill Toomey, Sandy Hook
    Yolanda van Heezik, Dunedin
    Paula Villagra, Los Rios

    11 Comment(s)
    Join our Conversation

    August 12, 2015

    GreekGreenRoofPhotoAndrewClementsFEATURE
    Why don’t all public buildings have green roofs? Or all large private buildings (e.g. businesses)? Would this be a good idea? What would it take to make it happen and to make it worthwhile?
    Maryam Akbarian, Tehran
    Wolfgang Ansel, Nürtingen
    Nathalie Baumann, Basel
    Michael Berkshire, Chicago
    Rebecca Bratspies, New York City
    Amy Chomowicz, Portland
    Andrew Clements, Corinth
    Karla Dakin, Denver
    Stuart Gaffin, New York
    Dusty Gedge, London
    André Gonçalves, Goiânia
    Ulrike Grau, Mexico City
    Angela Loder, Denver
    Amosh Neupane, Middlebury
    Matt Palmer, New York City
    Kerry Ross, Calgary
    Kaveh Samiei, Tehran
    Julie Santos, London & Buenos Aires
    Kate Scherer, New York
    Mark Simmons, Austin
    Kevin Songer, Jacksonville
    Christine Thuring, Sheffield

    16 Comment(s)
    Join our Conversation

    July 7, 2014

    Holzer picture_urban youth
    How much should we worry about exotic species in urban zones? How do we reduce damage from exotic invasives when management resources are limited? Are there conflicts between management or eradication efforts and building general support for urban biodiversity?
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
    David Burg, New York City
    Mark Davis, Saint Paul
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires
    Katie Holzer, Davis
    Madhusudan Katti, Fresno
    Deborah Lev, Portland
    Timon McPhearson, New York
    Matt Palmer, New York City
    Toby Query, Portland
    Glenn Stewart, Christchurch
    Paula Villagra & Carmen Silva, Los Rios, Chile
    Peter Werner

    24 Comment(s)
    Join our Conversation

    June 16, 2013

    Two coyotes in a park in New York City, photographed by a motion-triggered stationary camera.  Photo credit: Gotham Coyote Project
    Valuing Urban Wildlife: Critical Partners in the Urban System or Scary, Disgusting Nuisances?
    Matt Palmer, New York City

    Urban parks and green infrastructure are often touted for their benefits in providing for urban biodiversity. There have been several posts about this subject in this blog—by Tim Beatley, Thomas Elmqvist, Russell Galt, Bill Sherwonit, Bob Sallinger, and others—and it’s...

    4 Comment(s)
    Join our Conversation

    January 16, 2013

    JapaneseKnotweed
    Our Changing Urban Nature: Time to Embrace Exotic Species? (Or at Least Some of Them)
    Matt Palmer, New York City

    Cities are melting pots.  I expect we understand this metaphor best as it relates to human beings. Cities around the world grow because people keep moving into them.  People move from nearby rural areas, from other regions in the same...

    6 Comment(s)
    Join our Conversation

    August 14, 2012

    coyote with pups
    Discovering Urban Biodiversity
    Matt Palmer, New York City

    The world is losing its biological diversity – or biodiversity – at an alarming rate. The primary force driving this is habitat degradation. When the places where animals, plants, fungi, and the myriad other organisms live are converted to other uses,...

    6 Comment(s)
    Join our Conversation